A "Battlestar Galactica" panel discussion at the United Nations

Wow, my favourite tv series makes it all the way to the United Nations. The following article from the Chicago Tribune explains this. I do hope that when the 5-year long saga finishes in 10 days time with the airing of the final 2-hour episode it gets the critical acclaim it deserves as one of the outstanding works of science-fiction across all media of all time and as one of the top tv series of recent years, up there with The Sopranos and a few select others.

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A 'Battlestar Galactica' panel discussion at the United Nations

Over the course of its four seasons, "Battlestar Galactica" has been lauded for its nuanced portrayal of war, faith and morality. Since it debuted six years ago, the Sci Fi drama about a rag-tag space fleet has offered challenging fictional depictions of problems afflicting our planet in the here and now.

And now a discussion of how those very issues have been handled on the show will take place at the United Nations.

On March 17, there will be a "Battlestar" retrospective at the U.N. in New York and a panel discussion of how the show examined issues such as "human rights, children and armed conflict, terrorism, human rights and reconciliation and dialogue among civilizations and faith," according to Sci Fi.

The "Battlestar" contingent on the panel will consist of executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, as well as stars Mary McDonnell (who plays president Laura Roslin on the show) and Edward James Olmos (Admiral William Adama).

UN representatives on the panel are Radhika Coomaraswamy, special representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict; Craig Mokhiber, deputy director of the New York office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; and Robert Orr, assistant secretary-general for policy planning, executive office of the Secretary-General.

The panel will be moderated by "Battlestar" fan Whoopi Goldberg.

The invitation-only panel will take place at 7 p.m. March 17 in the U.N.'s Economic and Social Council Chamber, three days before the Sci Fi show's series finale.

UPDATE: A Sci Fi representative says that the network will record the session and a transcript will be made. "Once the content becomes available, we will let the fans know," the representative said.

For extensive coverage of the final season of "Battlestar Galactica," look here.

[From A 'Battlestar Galactica' panel discussion at the United Nations | The Watcher]

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